Fall season is here and you know what that means. BEER! Get your taste buds ready for yummy, spicy, creamy, foamy, smoky … BEER! Fall weather is officially (almost) here, and while you’re trading in that pina colada for a cold one, we’ve gathered 10 bizarre beer facts (or reasons to drink beer) that you can share with your crew, while you chug your favorite brew and cry about saying goodbye to summer.

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  • Beer helps to prevent kidney stones. The ingredients found in beer such as stout, porter or other heavy hops prevent calcium deposits from forming in your kidneys. So, go ahead and sip a few.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass. Exactly, you heard it hear first folks (or maybe you didn’t), cenosillicaphobia is a fear that only bartenders seem to notice, which must consist of frowns on drinkers near the bar. Know anyone who suffers from it?
  • The world’s longest hangover lasted four weeks after a Scotsman drank 60 pints of beer. It took him a full six months to recover from the horrible headaches. Our advice? Think about work the next day, but if you’re off for awhile, chug away.
  • George Washington had his own brewery. He was even first on making booze on the grounds of Mount Vernon. He even made a special recipe of dark beer called a porter. Some guys were just born to be first, who are we to question it?
  • Niels Bohr won unlimited beer when he won the Nobel Prize in 1922. Not a bad prize for the greatest scientist that ever lived. The Carlsberg brewery even gave him a house located next to one of their breweries. Wish your last name was Bohr? … so do we.
  • Beer is medicine. People in ancient Nubia were using beer as an antibiotic to treat everything from gum disease to infected wounds. In the U.S., shortly after prohibition, doctors were allowed to give out beer for medicinal purposes (sound familiar)?
  • There’s approximately 400 types of beers. Ale is the oldest type of beer, and included in it are two modern-day favorites, brown ale and india pale ale. Lagers which are among the most commonly consumed beers today, are brewed at colder temperatures as opposed to ales, which are brewed in warmer conditions. Looking to sample some of these styles? You can catch 60 craft beers and more from 60-plus breweries on Sept. 19, at the 2015 Bruval Beer Craft Festival at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. Don’t miss your chance to educate your taste buds and piss off your liver.
  • Light is what makes beer go bad. Beer’s number one enemy is sunlight. This is why most beer bottles are a dark brown color, and also why cans are the best!
  • In the middle ages, beer was consumed more than water. People even brewed it in their home, as it was totally normal for housewives to make ales for daily use and for celebrations. Homebrew anyone?
  • As you’re reading this sentence, it’s estimated that about 0.7 percent of the world’s population is drunk. So, 50 million people are drunk right now!